WORK on the latest stage of Renfrewshire Council’s multi-million pound programme to regenerate Renfrew town centre is set to begin within days.
A new car park will be built in the heart of the town centre on the site of the former telephone exchange in Dunlop Street.
Work on the £250,000 programme is scheduled to start early this month and the initial demolition phase is expected to take around six weeks to complete.
A second phase of work to form the car park will then take place in late summer.
The car park should be in place to complement the reopening of Renfrew Town Hall in November, following its £5.2million refurbishment.
Councillor Iain Nicolson, convener of Renfrewshire’s Planning and Economic Development Policy Board, said: “Replacing a building which has been empty with a new car park will be a big boost for Renfrew.
“This is a project we have been working towards for some time and we are delighted to be in a position to achieve it.
“We believe this venture will support local retailers by encouraging more residents and visitors to come to the town centre.
“These are exciting times for Renfrew town centre. We’ve always said that the already-completed £4million programme of environmental and traffic management improvements wouldn’t be the end of our investment in Renfrew.
“The major modernisation of Renfrew Town Hall will also be unveiled later this year.
“Overall, these projects have delivered nearly £10million of investment in Renfrew.”
The £250,000 project to form the new car park in Dunlop Street is being paid for by Renfrewshire Council, with support from the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Regeneration Fund.
Contractors JCJ Ltd will carry out the first phase of work, which involves demolishing the former telephone exchange building.